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Spanish stars Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and David Villa have all lamented the injury suffered by forward Fernando Torres during their team’s 2-1 win in Belgium.

The Liverpool hotshot pulled a hamstring in this right thigh after just 15 minutes into the game against Belgium on Thursday.

He was immediately taken off to be assessed by the team doctors, who have since confirmed the muscular injury and predicted a ten day lay-off at the very least.

While La Furia Roja went on to secure a 1-2 victory at the King Baudouin Stadium thanks to a late David Villa strike, there was a slightly dampened mood in the Spanish camp after the game.

El Niño’s fellow Anfield teammates, Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa were understandably more saddened compared to the others.

“For us, it’s a double blow because we will miss his services at Liverpool as well,” said midfielder Alonso.

“Let’s see what the tests say first. We have games non-stop right up until Christmas time, including big games against Atlético and Chelsea and we could miss him a lot,” he added.

Defender Arbeloa was equally anxious to find out the real extent of Torres’ injury but he was hopeful of a speedy recovery, saying: “We have seen him in distress tonight because the muscle injury has come at a very bad time.

“He was so excited to play at Atlético Madrid and we can only hope that the problem isn’t too serious and he can return quickly to play for Liverpool because he is an important player for us,” said the Reds full-back.

Valencia’s David Villa added: “It is sad because he had just returned from a similar injury.

“He’s a very competitive player and he always wants to help Spain and Liverpool do well. Now, we can only wait and hope that it’s not as serious as first thought,” the striker offered.

Torres’ replacement, Arsenal’s Cesc Fábregas, also had battle scars to show when he fractured his nose in the first half, although he was able to see out the game. He will undergo further tests tomorrow to ascertain whether or not he can continue playing, or if he needs immediate surgery.

KS Leong

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